Skip to main content

Saturday: Lehigh Media Day

As we approach "the most wonderful time of the year" (football season), our beloved Mountain Hawks are now entering their second week of practice. Lehigh's official website has announced on LehighSports.Com that Lehigh Media Day will be held at 10:00AM at Goodman this Saturday. Team pictures will be taken, and coaches will grant interviews with the local media until around 11:00AM. After lunch, the Mountain Hawks will scrimmage at Murray Goodman at 2:30PM for their regular summer practice.

I'll be unable to go (due to other commitments), but I'll be eager to hear the report from not only the local media but any fans who wish to give reports on what they see.

Now's a good a time as any to report what I've noticed so far in practice, from folks I've talked to and what I've researched so far.

  • Our "Class of 2010" got a little smaller as one OL (I can't remember his name) was removed from the list. It shouldn't be a huge issue for this year, but next year I'm hoping to be a great year recruiting OL.
  • On the positive side, notice sophomore OLs Kevin Bayani and Patrick Casey are now listed at 300 lbs, joining penciled-in starter Jimmy Kehs as the big guys on the line. It will be very interesting to see if one, or both, will be starting on what could potentially be the biggest "O" line in the PL.
  • DT Royce Morgan? Don't worry, he's there. There was some concern that he wasn't going to be playing this year (mostly from his accidental omission in the media guide), but he's penciled-in as well at DT.
  • Coach Coen singled out the freshman linebacking corps of Matt Cohen, Al Pierce, and Heath Brickner for praise, complicating an already-crowded race for linebacking spots. Aside from senior OLB Matt Mohler - a lock for starting - anything could happen on the LB depth chart. The big question - is senior ILB Travis Stinson's job safe?
  • Could RB Marques Thompson see some time at WR, with RBs Matt McGowan and Kent State traansfer RB Josh Pastore looking for touches? Not to mention FB Greg Fay as well. Seems pretty plausible... And don't forget scatback RB Richard Forman either. There are a lot of good RBs in camp dying for touches.
  • OK, you knew that junior QB Sedale Threatt was the starter. But tell me that seeing his stats on the roster at 6'3 210lbs didn't make you smile. Maybe Sedale will earn that nickname "The Total Package" before all is said and done... especially if that "O" line will be as big as I think it is.
  • Sedale can talk. If you haven't heard a portion of my interview with him on I-AA Waves on 8/8, please go download it now. I can't wait to get him in another interview, hopefully.
  • Everyone I've talked to, to a person, has talked about how excited they are about *practice*. Players, coaches, staff - they feel real excitement coming into the fall.

There will be more this coming week in this space on the last week of practice. If you can, attend Lehigh's media day!


Ngineer said…
Attend most of the scrimmage today. Definitely was some good energy. Threatt's passing was excellent-ball on the money and with authority. McGowan was impressive with hard running between the tackles and Pastore came on stronger as the practice went on. Lee Thomas was sure-handed. Thompson had the biggest play of the day on a nifty screen that went for 50+ yards. Fay also had an excellent reception and run for good yardage.
Defense was spirited and some good hitting. Secondary was with the receivers, some nice break ups and couple INTs. First OL did a decent of job of pass protect. The OL and DL both had their moments. D with some nice stops, and O with some nice runs. For a scrimmage after only 10 days I am optimistic. One area lacking may be no 'burner' to stretch the secondary--at least not visible today.
Leo's kicking is very solid hitting fgs from 20-45 yards from all angles. Punting was averaging 45 yards, though a little more hang time on some would be better with less yardage.
One serious injury occured. OL went down with what appeared to be a broken ankle. Since practice jersey's don't necessarily match the game day numbers I won't speculate who the injured player is, though I believe he was running with the third line. About ten other players held out due to various injuries.
Gone are the 'wristbands'--mix of shotgun and I formations, with hand signals sending in the plays.
Anonymous said…
Injured players was freshman OL Ben Harden - with a broken leg....Morgan's absence is for academic reasons only...waiting for summer grades

Popular posts from this blog

Nick Shafnisky Is Pushing Hard to Get To Play at the Next Level in Football

"Don't take anything for granted, just keep pushing."
Those are the words of QB Nick Shafnisky, told to The Whitehall-Coplay Press all the way back in 2013, about his preparation as a high school athlete.
And they seem to summarize the Whitehall, PA native perfectly, then as now.
Dubbed the "Male Athlete of the Year" by that publication, the article goes on about Shaf's many exploits at Whitehall high school - leading the Zephyr football team to a co-Lehigh Valley Conference title, becoming the first player ever in that conference to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards, and earning the league's co-MVP award as well.
He also was a member of the Zephyrs playoff basketball team, and for good measure also helped set a record for the 4x100 relay team as well.
At Whitehall, and at Lehigh, coaches pushed him, but it was his own hard work that helped make him the best athlete he could be.
This weekend, Shaf, like every eligible college football player, will be …

#TheRivalry Flashback: November 21st, 1987: Lehigh 17, Lafayette 10

Since becoming an undergrad at Lehigh back in the late 1980s, I first heard about the historic nature of the football team and "The Rivalry" through the stories that fellow students would share.

I did not attend the final meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette at Taylor Stadium, which was the final time a football game would be played there.

Those that did attend said that was that it was cold.

"I remember it being one of the coldest games ever," Mark Redmann recollected, "with strong Northwesterly winds and the temperature hovering around 20.  By the end of the game, the stands were half empty because most of the fans just couldn't take the cold.

"Fortunately, several of my fraternity brothers snuck in flasks to help fend off the chill."

Dominick Bragalone Goes Into Monster Mode As Lehigh Is One Win Away From Title

It has been a most unusual season for Lehigh.

Starting the year off at 0-5 and getting swept in their out-of-conference schedule, the Mountain Hawks were in danger of having their season go off the rails.

But two things have come together over the last five football games that have put Lehigh on the brink of back-to-back championships.

The first is the late blooming of the Lehigh defense, which kept battling every week since the low point of the September 30th loss to Wagner to do the job in four of their five Patriot League conference games. 

The second is the development of junior RB Dominick Bragalone into a bellcow running back, a back who has to be in the conversation for Patriot League offensive player of the year.

In five Patriot League games, Bragalone has run for 863 yards in 5 games, rushing for 11 touchdowns and adding two more receiving touchdowns as well. 

The South Williamsport, PA native certainly wasn't unknown before this week - after all, as a freshman and a sop…